No smoke. No cigarettes. Just a rope, a knife, some petals and a series of costume changes that tease at the image of the femme fatale. When Barrie Kosky’s production of Bizet’s Carmen opens at the Royal Opera House the decor will be minimal. “It’s a bare floor and a big staircase.” Why no smoke? “Because it doesn’t need them,” Kosky says. “I’m a great believer in empty space. Because it’s never empty. I’m fascinated by the movement through that space of different bodies and sound and light.
The kitchen surfaces of his house in Islington, north London, are immaculate. You could use the floor as a plate, but more of that later. Best known for playing rakes, poets and princes, the tenor Toby Spence admits that there’s a hint of obsessiveness to his tidiness. Yet he has described himself as reckless. “I guess there are variants of me,” he says, cheerfully.
★★★★★It pays not to take things for granted. It pays not to be a snob. It pays to cherish the lesser beauties of the repertoire, the war horses and lollipops that act as fluffers in a quiet week at the box office, and listen with full attention. Formed after the model of the Vienna Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala is composed of players who spend most of their lives in the pit of Milan’s opera house. That their concert with Riccardo Chailly should feature an operatic overture was no surprise.
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